Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Waikiki School has started an organic food farm. Why? To inspire and educate our children about careers in agriculture, growing and eating fresh foods, and bringing a sense of pride to our school environment. The farm will work towards sustainability through marketing of fresh produce, collection of seeds and water-saving techniques. Projects proposed for the garden include 'eat what you grow' gardens, for example, a classroom can adopt a 'salsa garden' by growing the necessary ingredients to make salsa (cilantro, onions, tomatoes, peppers). The fourth grade classes are currently growing heirloom tomatoes using organic methods.
Timeline of Food Farm:
July 2009: mulch/manure method to grow living, healthy soil (5th and 6th grade students, community members)
August-October 2009: continue watering 3x per week, vemicast tea application (4-6 grade students)
October 2009: garden designed and first Kalo and tomatoes were planted (4th grade students, community members)
November 2009: 48 tomato plants; 8 heirloom varieties. legumes planted